A couple of days ago we received a submission of a press release from Stand Up Against Racism about the demo in London on August 3. What we didn’t know at the moment we published it, is that this organisation is affiliated with the SWP. (For more info on the SWP, see tweet in the article.) Today we republish a report that was originally published by Oxford Anti-Fascists about the demo in London. We deleted the Stand Up to Racism/SWP article as we will not support the SWP and affiliated organizations.
Originally published by Oxford Anti-Fascists Facebook page.
And this is what autonomous anti-fascism looks like (colours; pyro; a diversity of banners, perspectives and approaches; music; willingness to confront the right; looking after each other): pic.twitter.com/uz4WpMrwXX— Bob From Brockley 🥤 (@bobfrombrockley) August 5, 2019
Yesterday (August 3) we joined Anti-fascists in London to oppose the DFLA & supporters of ‘Tommy Robinson’, currently jailed for contempt of court after risking a case against child groomers collapsing by disrupting it. Their rally was pictured giving nazi salutes, and later harrassed people of colour driving peacefully through London.
Over 37 organisations and groups supported the callout from the London Anti-Fascist Assembly (Warning Facebook Link), including us.
Over 1000 antis (according to news footage) gathered at Piccadilly circus, and marched through London in a joyful and militant display of anti-fascism.
Several small groups of fascists (15-20) were confronted by or approached our march en route, they fled or were penned in and protected by the metropolitan police.
We eventually reached portland place, a short distance from the gathered fascists, however the police began pushing our demo before we reached them, allegedly trying to put us in ‘the agreed area’ which of course no one involved had agreed to. A seperate protest was there who’s stewards also supported the police, despite having no involvement with our demo.
Police rudely harrassed our comrades, even calling one comrade, who was simply stood in the demo ‘A badly behaved middle aged woman’.
During this confrontation cops aggressively attacked the people on our front lines, and stole or broke a number of flags, their aggression led to a comrade being stabbed in the side by a wooden pole the cops had snapped and shoved them into, and being hit with a batton ‘accidentally’. The comrades alongside them thankfully prevented injury being done, and street medics attended the minor bruising suffered.
Eventually the police surrendered and used vans to block the road between us and the fash. A group of fash attempted to charge the side of our demonstration but were seen off by our comrades.
Despite demanding we leave, when we announced we would march away and disperse, police refused to let us leave and again aggressively fought our front lines, ‘for our own safety’ eventually we were able to march away, and dispersed peacefully.
Well done to everyone who came out, including the sizeable group from Oxfordshire, and thank you to everyone who supported the demo in other ways.
London is Anti-fascist! No Pasaran!
Oxford Anti-Fascists, August 4, 2019
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